Back in the day getting access to a game in closed beta used to be free. It was hard, but free. Now we have founders packs that cost as much as $300 that gives us a bunch of side content along with closed beta access to whatever ever game we’re trying to get into.
When did this become the norm? I think the better question is why are we allowing it to happen? Why pay so much money to play a game that’s not even 50% finished? Why not demand a free demo? Back in the day demos were very common and guess what… they were free!
Blade and Soul, the upcoming martial arts MMO, is following this trend. I loved the game when I played it a few years ago. The ping was horrible because I don’t live in Korea, but I had a lot of fun learning the controls, language, and different character classes. I knew it would come to the west one day and that time will come soon.
If you want access to the closed beta you’ll have to purchase a founders pack. The cheapest pack is $24.99 while the most expensive pack is $124.99. That’s a huge gap in price.
I don’t agree with these business practices because they usually don’t benefit anyone, but the developer. Look at what happened with Archeage. Everyone was so excited for it to be released that it bombed and lost a good chunk of it’s players because it didn’t give everyone what the devs promised us.
I personally love the game, but I didn’t buy a founders pack because I knew the core game itself would be free. I’m going to do the same thing with Blade and Soul because it’s going to be a free MMO. I can’t be the only person that feels this way about this.
How are things ever going to change if no one takes the first step in making it happen?